By: Renee Grant
The new collaborative album from music legends Santana and The Isley Brothers, titled Power of Peace, is due out on July 28th. Today, the supergroup premiered their single I Remember, the only original song on the LP, via Billboard.
The song is the third single from the album. Previously, they released What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love and Total Destruction to Your Mind.
“Something just grew in me to reach out to the universe, and before I know it we met in St. Louis because (Isley’s) sister-in-law was singing with Rod Stewart’s band and we went on tour with Rod Stewart,” Santana says. “Somebody found out that Cindy and I are totally Ronald Isley fans, so he came to visit us in St. Louis and that’s where it started. I said, ‘Look, I want to do a record with you, a CD with you,’ and that’s how it started.”
The album consists of 13 tracks, whittled down from 16 that were recorded over a four-day session. Each song is a testament to love and peace, such as covers of Stevie Wonder‘s Higher Ground, Marvin Gaye‘s Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), and Sy Miller and Jill Jackson‘s Let There Be Peace On Earth.
“The theme is spiritual divine medicine to counter the fever pitch fear that’s permeating this planet right now,” Santana goes on to say. “Every era has its songs, whether it’s Pete Seeger or Bob Dylan or Bob Marley or Curtis Mayfield, to help alleviate the condition of brutality and war.
“This CD has the frequency of inspiration. If they were playing this music on CNN there would be less suicide bombers and people with twisted and crooked minds, invested in believing that you have to kill someone in order to get to heaven. This CD is the opposite of that. This CD wakes you up beyond religion, beyond politics, beyond nations. It’s our duty to do this.”
You can hear the previous singles below, and take a listen to I Remember here.